WELCOME TO WE

Educating, encouraging, & empowering female economists.

WE strive to promote awareness of gender disparities and barriers within the field of economics, and to educate and improve the community through outreach, mentorships, and by facilitating conversations among women in the field at all levels.

 
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OUR STORY

Empowering Women & Beyond

Founded in 2015, Women in Economics at the University of Wisconsin strives to promote the growth and success of aspiring females within the field of economics.

WE strives to promote awareness of gender disparities and barriers within economics and to educate and improve the community through social outreach, learning opportunities, and the personal and professional development of our members.

 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

On Membership, Mission, Meetings & More

 

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

We'd love to have you as a part of our org! To join, simply attend one of our meetings and talk to an exec board member, or email we.wisconsin@gmail.com. All we ask is that you pay membership dues ($15 for the semester or $25 for the year) and attend 3 of the 5 meetings for the semester to become an active member!

WHEN AND WHERE ARE MEETINGS?

All meetings for the fall semester will be online due to our COVID-19 response. Both general meetings & socials for the fall semester will be held via Zoom. WE members can find the link to join each meeting via email.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF UW-WE?

WE strive to promote awareness of gender disparities and barriers within economics and to educate and improve the community through outreach, mentorships, and by facilitating conversations among women in the field at all levels.

AN INCLUSIVE SPACE FOR ALL

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WE + BLM

Today and always, WE want to celebrate all the Black & African American women in economics who have fought against inequality and discrimination in order to achieve their professional goals. As Women in Economics at UW-Madison, we are committed to cultivating a supportive and inclusive environment in which every one of our members is valued and celebrated for who they are.

 

OUR TEAM

Meet The 2020-21 Executive Board

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EMMA LAI

President

Emma Lai is a fourth-year student at UW-Madison majoring in Economics (Math Emphasis), Psychology, and Religious Studies. She is fascinated with the motivations and consequences of human behavior. Besides her continued involvement in Women in Economics, she is the Digital Coordinator at the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, practicing piano, drawing, and reading philosophy.

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CHARLIE WARZECHA

Vice President

Charlie Warzecha is a senior studying Economics (Math Emphasis) and a certificate in Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering, and Society. As Vice President, she is excited to share her love of economics while fostering a space of inclusion and growth for other women in the field.  In her spare time, you can find her reading a good book or volunteering with the Food Recovery Network on campus.

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TARA O'DONNELL

Secretary

Tara is a junior majoring in Economics and Political Science with a certificate in Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics. After graduating she aspires to go to Law School and practice corporate law. In her free time, she can be found at any coffee shop around Madison designing her dream Pinterest home, or studying at the library. She loves that Women in Economics has given her a place to be surrounded by other like-minded women in a field that is so male dominated. She is excited for her role as secretary and can’t wait to keep the club organized. 

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SARA PABICH

Treasurer

Sara Pabich is a third year student pursuing a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies with a Certificate in Global Health. She has been involved in WE since her sophomore year and loves being a part of an organization that empowers women to achieve their academic and professional goals. Sara is looking forward to being the treasurer, while connecting to other women who are passionate about economics.

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SARA MULROONEY

Public Relations & Media Chair

Sara Mulrooney is a junior studying Economics, Spanish, and Chicanx & Latinx Studies with honors in the Liberal Arts. She loves Women in Econ for its uplifting and empowering community of bright, enthusiastic young people. As P.R. & Media Chair, she is excited to make engaging, meaningful connections between members and with the community at large. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time in nature.

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MCKENNA GOETZ

Social Events Chair

McKenna Goetz is a junior at UW-Madison studying Economics and Political Science. She loves being involved in an organization that works to empower women and help them explore opportunities in the field of economics. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, play volleyball, and volunteer at the animal shelter. As Social Events Chair of Women in Economics, she is excited to create friendships between members by organizing fun events!

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KELSI SALM

Professional Outreach Chair

Kelsi Salm is a senior double-majoring in Economics and Spanish. As Professional Outreach Chair, she hopes to bring in a variety of speakers who represent the wide array of careers available to economics majors and to foster relationships between professionals and students. She enjoys being a part of WE and she also enjoys cycling, hiking and playing the drums in her free time.

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SAVANNAH DONEGAN

Conference Director

Savannah Donegan is a third-year member of the WE board and UW-Madison senior majoring in Economics and International Studies with a certificate in Global Health. Savannah also interns at the U.S. Department of Education and the Epistemic Analytics lab at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. She is passionate about building strong communities and advocating for economic empowerment and equity at all levels. In her free time, you can find Savannah biking the Madison Lakeshore Path, drinking Indie Coffee, and reading the newest Jodi Picoult novel.

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ANNA STEFFENSEN

Conference Coordinator

Anna Steffensen is a junior majoring in Economics (Math Emphasis) and International Studies with a certificate in Development Economics. Anna became interested in economics after taking a course on the history of recessions and was immediately hooked. As Conference Coordinator for the National Women in Economics Conference in Madison, Anna aims to create an opportunity for women to connect with professionals in the field, build relationships with other women across the WE community, and expand their perspectives on what it means to study economics.

 
 
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MISSION STATEMENT

"We, Women in Economics (WE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in order to form a more perfect student organization, establish opportunities, ensure gender equality, and promote the growth and success of aspiring females within our field, do ordain and establish this Constitution in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, for the community of and around our campus, to advocate for and empower women in the field of economics. WE strive to promote awareness of gender disparities and barriers within economics and to educate and improve the community through outreach, mentorships, and by facilitating conversations among women in the field at all levels."